Archive for November, 2011

White Elephant art and craft fair at FICTILIS this Thursday

November 30, 2011  |  Art, Event, First Thursday, PI  |  No Comments

White Elephant, a one-night Art/Craft fair, is coming to FICTILIS this Thursday Dec 1st, 5-10pm, during the Pioneer Square Artwalk. The event will feature a variety of work – paintings, prints, books, comics, photography, jewelry, apparel, and more – from a hand-picked selection of local artists and crafters, including:

Amber Nelson
Ana Karina Luna
Benita Baker
Short Run Small Press Fest
Claire Jauregui
Dorothy Cheng
julia harrison
taryn graham
Wednesday Wolf

This work is priced affordably, so come ready to get some holiday shopping done!

Some FICTILIS projects will also be available for viewing/sale, including new, handmade PORNaments, artifacts from some of our past shows, and a Northwest Winter Scene window display created almost entirely from salvaged cardboard, newspaper, and foam from our studio (and a few local dumpsters).

Music during White Elephant will be generated by MoodMusic, a project currently under development by a team at the University of Washington’s School of Information. Moodmusic “uses speaker pitch and intensity in the conversation to determine the current ‘mood’ of a room”…”then queries the online music libraries of the speakers to choose songs appropriate for that mood”.

Also on display through December will be some remains of our 10-22-38 Astoria xerography show, with $1 copies of anything up on the walls.

210 Washington
Seattle, WA 98104

You can also check out the event page on Facebook here

Milepost 31 – People, Projects and Pioneer Square

November 30, 2011  |  Event, PI, Viaduct  |  No Comments


We would invite you inside for a ride, but even the world’s largest diameter tunnel boring machine can only fit so many people.

 And so WSDOT offers the next best thing, Milepost 31, a public information center that will highlight the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement, tunneling technology and the history of Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood. This is a first for WSDOT, an opportunity to explore interactive exhibits about one of our projects and dig into Seattle’s first neighborhood.

What does viaduct replacement have to do with Pioneer Square? Replacing a highway that runs through one of the state’s most treasured historic neighborhoods comes with challenges. Pioneer Square will see years of construction impacts like noise, dust and traffic detours. Fortunately, after we put the highway traffic into the SR 99 tunnel and tear down the remaining section of the viaduct, the neighborhood will be reconnected with the Seattle waterfront.

Milepost 31 was one of several strategies WSDOT developed in partnership with neighborhood groups and historic preservationists to maintain Pioneer Square’s vibrancy during construction. It is designed to give people another reason to visit the neighborhood during construction, while giving the public another opportunity to learn about the important work we do at WSDOT.

Be sure to stop by Milepost 31’s grand opening celebration on Dec. 1. We’ll have tunneling and historical experts on hand to answer questions, as well as a drawing to win an iPad® and gift certificates to Pioneer Square businesses, furnished by the Alliance for Pioneer Square.

Milepost 31 grand opening

3 – 6 p.m. (guest speakers at 3:30 p.m.)
Thursday, Dec. 1
211 First Ave. S., Seattle

After Dec. 1, Milepost 31 will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Holiday Caroling in the Nord Alley this Thursday

November 29, 2011  |  Alley, Event, PI  |  No Comments

Come join us in the NORD ALLEY – behind 314 1st Ave S for caroling with Seattle’s own Beaconettes and the Seattle Sugarplum Elves, and enjoy a nice cup of hot cocoa, mulled wine and some light snacks!

Drop by Occidental Park before and watch “There’s Snow Place Like Pioneer Square!” holiday tree lighting and festivities, hosted by The Alliance for Pioneer Square at 5:00pm.

NOTE: The Seahawks will be taking on the Philadelphia Eagles @ 5:30pm, so we encourage you to take mass transit
OR there is now parking at Pier 48 for $3.00 per hour

More info? Contact Nikki Somers – or check out our Facebook invitation here

Pioneer Square in the News

November 28, 2011  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

David Makuen’s Patty-Centric BuiltBurger Will Close (BuiltBurger)
Sadly, the rumors are true. BuiltBurger just sent out an email confirming that their last day of operation will be 12/2. Per the email, the owners are now on the East Coast and have decided to “pause the BuiltBurger brand”. Rumor on the street is that they have an offer on the East Coast (where they’re from) that they just can’t refuse.

New detour lanes, parking for viaduct project (Seattle Times)
A new kind of traffic detour is coming to the Highway 99 tunnel construction project, where some lanes and 80 parking spaces are being removed at Pioneer Square.

Homeless women speak out, sharing tales of grief and joy (Real Change)
In 1985, Desiree Hellegers went to work at the Compass Center in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. There she encountered an astonishing and diverse array of women whose lives had been shattered. In her cogent introduction to “No Room for Her Own,” Hellegers declares that “anyone who’s experienced homelessness can attest to the fact that homelessness can, and does, cause mental illness and drive people to drink. Lose your housing in the United States and you run the risk of losing both your mind and your life.”

Is the new Neptune Theatre a rock scene hog? (Seattle Times)
It wouldn’t be the first time Seattle’s music epicenter shifted. Pioneer Square was a rock powerhouse in the ’80s, with a string of busy venues. Now it hardly rocks at all. Pioneer Square’s loss was Belltown’s gain, but 20 years of Belltown rocking are almost completely forgotten, too, with The Crocodile now out of place in a glitzy Top-40 singles scene.

Nordstrom rolls out same-day delivery service (Seattle Times)
Nordstrom has begun offering same-day delivery at its downtown Seattle and Bellevue Square stores to customers who live and work nearby. For a $10 fee, customers can order something on Nordstrom’s website by noon and — assuming it’s in stock — have the item hand-delivered to them by 6 p.m. the same day, including Saturdays and Sundays.

Seattle photo test: What are you stepping on? (Seattle PI)
See pic #5 for Pioneer Square’s purple glass

Microsoft No Longer Alone Playing Games in Seattle (Fins)
The city’s other tech sectors have also grown over the past decade, led by Amazon. It’s one reason why Chung and Tsai decided to move Zhurosoft into a loft-like office in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood earlier this year rather than move to a more well-known city to the south.

Annual charity event aids the homeless, struggling (West Seattle – KOMO News)
Pierre Borsh waited a long time. He, along with so many others who don’t have a home, got a little help at the annual Surviving the Streets giveaway at the Pioneer Square office of Real Change newspaper, which helps the homeless and low-income individuals.

Delicatus’ Weekly Tuesday Night Wine Tasting

November 22, 2011  |  Event, PI  |  No Comments

From Delicatus’ newsletter:

Join Delicatus‘ for our weekly Tuesday Night Wine Tasting from 5-7pm. We will be offering wonderful ideas for Holiday Dinner Parties. As some of you know and many of you may not, we have introduced wine retail here at the Deli and offer a simple, yet beautiful wine selection representing great values from far and near. We take the necessary time to focus on vineyards and winemakers that have the passion and understanding to produce small batch wines that promote quality at every value. We pride ourselves in offering a retail opportunity for the multitudes of wines that get overlooked simply due to their smaller production and an honest, informative retail experience for our customer.

Come Join Us for Wine Tasting Tuesday, November 22nd – 5-7pm

Our selections are focused for gearing up for the Holiday Dinner Parties

Dibon, Cava Brut Reserve, NV, Spain – $11 btl $112 cs

Domaine Sorin, Terra Amata, ’10 France – $14 btl $143 cs

Chateau De La Cantrie, Muscadet, ’10 France – $11 btl $112 cs

M. Lapeirre “Raisins Gaulois”, Gamay, ’09 France – $14 btl $143 cs

Buxy Bourgogne, Pinot Noir, ’09 France – $18 btl $183 cs

Communion Red, Cabernet Blend, ’05 Washington – $24 btl $245 cs

*All tastes are complimentary and are intended for the customers experience and enjoyment. All offerings will be available for purchase by the bottle, ½ case and case (15% Discount on Case Purchases and allow a day for larger order deliveries)
Spanish Tapas, Pinxtos

The food offerings are in the Tradition of Spanish Tapas called Pinxtos. The name “pintxo” comes from the word for “toothpick” or “spike”, which is also the manner of paying your tab. Each item has a toothpick through it which you keep on your plate after eating. When you go to pay the tab, the toothpicks are used to tell how many you have eaten and you simply pay per toothpick.

Tapas will be priced from $1-$2 per item and calculated on an honor system, sooooooo save those sandwich picks!!!

Happy Holidays!

– Derek, Mike and Delicatus Crew

Union Gospel Mission Thanksgiving Meal Schedule

November 22, 2011  |  Announcement, Call to Action, Homeless, PI  |  No Comments

On Thanksgiving Day, Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission expects to serve over 2,000 meals at six locations across King County. This does not include the 30,700 meals that are being provided by the 1,181 turkeys the Mission donated to local food banks and other meal service providers. The Mission was able to donate these turkeys thanks to the generosity of donors in the community.

Meal service open to the public include the Pioneer Square, Lake City, Bellevue, Capitol Hill, University District, and South Park neighborhoods. New meal sites this year include South Park, Lake City and Bellevue.

In September, the Mission launched its 4th annual One Meal … One Hope Campaign with a goal of serving 190,000 meals by December 31.


  • Men’s Shelter Thanksgiving Meal Schedule:

318 2nd Ave. Ext. S. (corner of Washington St.)

5:30 am – Volunteers prepare an egg, sausage, bacon, and toast breakfast.

7:30 am – Breakfast begins

5:30 pm – Traditional turkey dinners served to anyone walking through our doors

To volunteer at the Union Gospel Mission (at any of their locations, not just Pioneer Square), feel free to contact Sharon Thomas at or call 206.432.8422.

Pioneer Square in the News

November 21, 2011  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

Alaskan Way Viaduct work zone expands into Pioneer Square and waterfront (WSDOT)
For the past three years, construction has been confined to a work zone west of Seattle’s stadiums for the State Route 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project. Starting this month, though, state and city projects will expand construction work into Pioneer Square and along the downtown waterfront.

New parking spots to open during viaduct construction (Seattle PI)
As work continues to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct and on-street parking spaces are lost, WSDOT is temporarily opening Pier 48 to public parking. Spaces will be available for $3 per hour for up to four hours. The city’s parking meters charge $3.50 per hour in Pioneer Square. In downtown, the rate is $4.

Photo test: How well do you know Seattle? (PI – Big Blog)
I’m cheating and letting you know that if you don’t recognize the first pic — you probably don’t know our neighborhood very well.

Midweek Tech Scan: Broadband for Seattle? (Crosscut)
When the mayor blessed a public-private effort to bring high-speed Internet broadband to Pioneer Square, it was noted that the city has roughly 500 miles of so-called “dark cable,” fiber optic lines already imbedded throughout the city but not in use. At that time, McGinn said that the city is in partnership with the county, state, the University of Washington and other public entities to bring broadband Internet coverage to all of Seattle.

Man Left Pantsless After Robbery (PubliCola)
A group of muggers left a man pantsless following a robbery under the Viaduct early Wednesday morning.

Neighborhood groups trying to block extended bar hours (King5)
The possibility of Seattle bars staying open past the statewide 2 a.m. closing time is on the rocks. Opposition is building in Precinct Advisory Councils across the city.

Seattle’s Beaujolais Nouveau celebrations got supersonic launch (PSBJ)
McHugh is a natural promoter. When he heard about the hyped-up excitement in France every November accompanying the release of Beaujolais Nouveau, he decided it would be fun to fly the wine to Seattle as a centerpiece for celebrations at McRory’s and two other restaurants he and Tim Firnstahl owned.

Why Seattle tops Forbes list of best cities for tech jobs (TechFlash)
Pioneer Square, Seattle’s historic downtown neighborhood, is emerging as a tech hub. Meanwhile, Seattle’s once-neglected South Lake Union area also has become a tech center, thanks to Amazon’s new headquarters and other development.

First Hill Streetcar will (most likely) come to Pioneer Square

November 18, 2011  |  Announcement, PI  |  1 Comment

SDOT still needs to present their plan to council (in Dec and again in Jan) and it will still need to be approved in the budget, but it looks like we will [most likely] get our streetcar as part of the First Hill line. Yes!

For those not familiar, I posted about potential issues regarding the  streetcar plan to loop down into Pioneer Square before going back up to First Hill, and the possibility that it would just stop at 5th & Jackson, not coming into Pioneer Square at all.

The Mayor’s staff has been meeting with the Alliance for Pioneer Square to talk about our neighborhood’s concerns over the past few months, and recently affirmed that the streetcar would still be coming to our neighborhood.

Although the timeline is not yet set, groundbreaking for the line should begin sometime early next year. SDOT is currently working with Sound Transit to make sure that they will be able to meet the 10 minute headways as promised.


Seahawks to provide much needed porta-potties during game weekends

November 18, 2011  |  PI, Residential Council, Sports  |  No Comments

For anyone who lives in Pioneer Square, it is not a surprise that residents can be very wary of some of the sporting groups that don’t seem to realize that this is a neighborhood where people live (meaning that it’s ok to treat residential entryways as bathrooms).

I think most may agree with me that the Sounders fans aren’t too bad. Mariners don’t even seem to come through the neighborhood. So that leaves only one group — our beloved Seahawks fans.

A few of us have toyed with the idea of filming people as they leave the football games to prove how bad some fans can be. Residents in the Florentine (building just north of the stadium) routinely fill buckets of water in their kitchen, go down to the ground level and flush out vomit and other unpleasantness from their entryway.

Just a few weeks ago, I was walking in Pioneer Square with my three neices (ages 2 1/2 and 5) before a football game had even started, and watched two guys in their 20s step off of a bus and proceed to pee on the back of Main Street Gyros. I yelled at them that this was a neighborhood (they ignored me), and secretly hoped that I’d had my camera so that I could tell them they would be featured on the blog the next day. And this was before the game had even started.

As a result, Members of the Pioneer Square Residential Council and the Alliance for Pioneer Square met with representatives from the Seahawks to talk about it. The Seahawks agreed to add porta-potties in strategic locations around Pioneer Square the weekend of every home game. They have been up for the last two games and according to residents and businesses close to the stadium, it has worked out great.

So a big thank you to all involved (especially the Seahawks) for taking the necessary steps to better our neighborhood.

Next steps: working on the garbage leftover by tailgaters in parking lots + under the viaduct…   :)

Want the tree sweaters to come back to Occidental Square Park?

November 17, 2011  |  Art, Call to Action, PI  |  No Comments

We all loved them didn’t we? The whimsical yarn bombs in Occidental Park? The Alliance for Pioneer Square and Center City Parks have teamed up with artist Suzanne Tidwell to re-decorate the park and mall for the holidays.

AND they need your help. They need YOU to adopt trees and lamp posts. See more details here.